These yummy herbal candy drops are made with lemon and honey to help soothe sore throats and coughs.
A common home remedy for soothing sore throats is lemon juice mixed with honey; however, that isn’t always easy to swallow, especially if you’re a kid.
That’s where these tasty little sore throat candy drops come in.
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The inspiration for these came from the Herb Candies recipe found in the book Eat Well Feel Well by Kendall Conrad, which is a really great grain-free, refined-sugar-free cookbook, if you like cooking somewhat on the gourmet side.
Since I never can follow any recipe exactly, I ended up with something a little different, but just as delicious.
Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Candy Drops
- 1 stick of butter (1/4 lb or 113 grams) (or 6 tbsp coconut oil)
- 1 cup of honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
- 1/8 cup of water
- 1 lemon
- (optional) a handful of lemon balm
Here’s where the optional part comes in:
I wanted to give these a little anti-viral boost so I gathered a handful of lemon balm (melissa) from my garden and blended them up with a few tablespoons of water.
Once blended well, strain the lemon balm/water blend into a teacup and set aside until after the mixture cooks.
If you don’t have fresh lemon balm, you could try fresh mint instead, or use your favorite herbal tea to replace the lemon balm/water mixture in the recipe.
Directions to Make:
Melt the butter in a large saucepan, then add the honey, vinegar, and water. Turn the heat to medium-high to high and bring to a boil. This happens rather rapidly with my stove and within five minutes, the mixture rises to 250 degrees. At this point, the original recipe says to maintain the temperature for twelve minutes by adjusting the heat lower.
Mine ends up ready (300 degrees F) well before the 12 minute mark, so be prepared that that might happen, depending on your stove and cooking temperature. Stir periodically during this time.
Keep cooking until it gets close to 300 degrees F, then add:
- 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
- OR 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and 1 Tablespoon herbal mixture
Be careful here! The added liquids cause a flare up of bubbles and a bit of spattering which quickly subsides upon stirring. Boil for one more minute, removing early if you’re concerned it’s starting to scorch.
Immediately pour into a parchment lined 8×8-inch pan.
Once cool, remove from the pan and cut into strips then tiny squares. You’ll want to use two hands for cutting; one to hold the knife in place while the palm of the other presses against the back of the blade (the dull side!) all the way through to the cutting board in one clean rocking motion. Don’t do a back and forth sawing thing; it’s a bit too sticky at this point for that.
If kept in the refrigerator, these have a cough-drop-type texture that’s perfect for soothing the sore throat of a big kid or adult. They’re just as delicious at room temperature, but will have a soft caramel-like consistency.
As a final reminder, you don’t have to be sick to enjoy these!
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This recipe was first posted in April 2012, and was updated for December 2019.